10102020-LSTC-01.qxd 10/9/2020 11:28 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Big project Bollywood superstars Amitabh Bachchan and Deepika Padukone will star with Telugu superstar Prabhas in a multi-lingual mega production for the big screen. IANS CHANDIGARH | SATURDAY | 10 OCTOBER 2020 Out of the box SALMAN KHAN UNITED FOR A CAUSE Bollywood supports PM Modi’s initiative, #Unite2FightCorona Bollywood celebrities on Thursday came forward in support of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s campaign ‘Unite2FightCorona’ and urged countrymen to follow social distancing protocols to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Salman Khan, Kangana Ranaut, Shraddha Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra and others took to Twitter to join the campaign. Salman Khan tweeted, “Bhaiyo, beheno aur mitron, in difficult times mein only do three things: six feet ka distance, mask peheno and wash & sanitise your hands. Let’s implement PM Modi’s Jan Andolan against Covid. Come on buck up India! Jai hind!” Shraddha Kapoor wrote, “Do gaj ki doori, mask hai zaroori #Unite2FightCorona.” Parineeti wrote, “My three mantras to make India safe: Wear my mask, wash my hands and social distancing.” Kangana Ranaut tweeted, “The worldwide crisis of Corona may have many setbacks but it has the possibility of bringing us together like never before, let’s pledge to #Unite2FightCorona…” H UMAN ability to find joy when surrounded by sorrow, a creative call with destruction all around; a quest to find order in chaos... Is what renowned theatreperson Neelam Mansingh Chowdhry’s creation Black Box is all about. Unlike her earlier productions, it was not hosted at the Rock Garden but at a Studio Theatre with just about eight people in attendance. The solo sequence by Vansh Bhardwaj is about the plight of humanity during the pandemic. We catch up with Neelam Mansingh Chowdhry to know more. ■ How was the journey of Black Box? The journey was amazing. It was a commissioned project from Ranga Shankara, a theatre organisation based in Bengaluru. They wanted me to do a piece and film it, so that they can, like everyone else now, play it on Zoom. Rocky (Vansh Bhardwaj) lives in Mumbai now, but due to the lockdown he was in city and so we got together. Ours is a long association and we decided to do something — that’s Black Box! ■ What’s the theme and treatment? We picked some text or the other, somehow. All of us are living through these tough times, trying to hold on to a reason to carry on, to create something, to replicate normal life — that’s the leitmotif of this one. It’s basically a story of what we all are going through. ■ Vansh Bhardwaj and you have a long association; how is your working VANSH BHARDWAJ relationship? He is so creative, imaginative. I think he is quite an incredible actor. We are on the same page at so many levels. For my last play, I asked him to assist me. ■ How do you intend to take this one to more people? I don’t want to. As it has been filmed, I would be sending it to Ranga Shankara who would be streaming it. Rocky came up with the idea of holding some shows, but I was doubtful. But then I thought how about having no more than eight people to see it at a time? My studio has a capacity of 50, but I wanted to be extra-cautious. It’s now painted in all black, looks like a theatre. It’s a kind of a new experience that I have really enjoyed. All my works are ensemble; seven to eight cast members, as many musicians, light designer, assistant light designer etc. But this time around, it’s just It’s a mental game! ❝ Vansh and I! ■ Is it for the first time that you are not holding a play at the Rock Garden? I don’t know what to call it... We have to develop a new terminology. Can’t really call it a play or a performance with just as many as seven or eight people in presence! It’s just a protagonist sharing his thoughts. ■ Kabir Singh Chowdhry is making it into a film, how is it working with your son? It’s strangely very nice. The trailer of the film is out, and someone shared that it looks fantastic and that the film may be better than a theatre performance, which made me very happy. After all parents want children to excel! I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO CALL IT... WE HAVE TO DEVELOP A NEW TERMINOLOGY. CAN’T REALLY CALL IT A PLAY OR A PERFORMANCE NEELAM MANSINGH CHOWDHRY firstname.lastname@example.org (Black Box is on from October 10 to October 15 at Neelam Mansingh's Studio Theatre from 6:20pm to 7:00pm) Remembering a legend On his ninth death anniversary, ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh’s close associates recall his warm persona None of the music legends have elicited as much love love and appreciation as the late ghazal king Jagjit Singh. On his ninth death anniversary, his close associates share some prized memories. He was an inspiration — Anup Jalota, singer VIVIAN DSENA time. I love spending time with my mom and my puppy, Tia. I have also started playing the keyboard, so music helps me relieve stress. BALANCE IT OUT Vivian Dsena SOPHIE CHOUDRY Vaani Kapoor is heading to Chandigarh to start shooting her next film where she has been paired opposite Ayushmann Khurrana. Directed by Abhishek Kapoor, the film will take-off soon. This is the first time that Vaani has been paired opposite Ayushmann. Says Vaani, “It’s a lovely film. I have always wanted to work with Abhishek Kapoor; being so inspired by his films, this feels like an amazing opportunity to be part of his vision. Ayushman is one of the most talented actors of our generation and I’m only thrilled about our first film together.” Mona On World Mental Health Day, celebs talk about whether stardom leads to stress I think Indians speak a lot more about mental health issues now, especially after the pandemic. I feel stress in showbiz is more visible as compared to other fields. The events of the past few months have shown that if something happens in showbiz, there’s a lot more focus on it because people are interested in glamour world. I am someone who tries to stay positive all the Vaani Kapoor heads to Chandigarh Adapting to the new normal, renowned theatre-person Neelam Mansingh Chowdhry has come up with Black Box, a creation that reflects the current times (L-R) PARINEETI CHOPRA , KANGANA RANAUT AND SHRADDHA KAPOOR STAY POSITIVE Sophie Choudry For her next... It’s not easy to share what’s going on in your mind with anyone. Sometimes you fear being judged, and sometimes you just don’t feel like sharing it. I listen to good music, dance songs and peppy numbers when I feel sad. It just changes my mind. Yes, stardom definitely leads to more stress if you get carried away with success and fame. That’s an unsaid part of the job. And I think post SSR’s death people have become more conscious and careful. VIJAYENDRA KUMERIA URVASHI UPADHYAY SHARLE MEDITATION ROUTE Vijayendra Kumeria Everyone handles stress differently; some meditate, some work-out, some talk to people while some just keep things to themselves and that’s very dangerous. I meditate every day and keep myself busy with creative activities like reading as well as writing. Entertainment industry has become a talking point now. A right balance between personal and professional life is important. FAMILY SUPPORT Urvashi Upadhyay Sharle Whether you are mentally healthy or unhealthy cannot be recognised easily. We don’t realise when we get into depression. If we don’t take care of mental health, then later it becomes difficult to come out from that. Sometimes, when I feel low, I listen to ghazals, eat something sweet or keep quiet for some days and try to keep myself busy. Sushant Singh Rajput case has been an eye-opener for all. I feel family support is also very important. SEEK HELP Sharad Malhotra People don’t take mental health seriously. How many of us really try to share when we have something going on in our minds? In the country that we live in, people judge others constantly. I think if there is something disturbing you, you must seek help. Talk to a counsellor. Surround yourself with good, positive people; meditate. All this will definitely help you, but don’t let it bottle up and wait for an outburst. SSR’s death was very tragic and most of us are still not over it. We should take it as an example so that tomorrow, no one else goes through it. Eminent singer Anup Jalota says, “We had changed our names and addressed each other as ‘Bhajan Jalota’ and Ghazal Singh’ even while exchanging mails and messages. He was an inspiration for many, including me.” Fruits of hard work — Jaswant Singh Jaipur, elder brother of Jagjit Singh Jaswant Singh Jaipur, elder brother of Jagjit Singh, recalls, “Devotional and classical music was in the family, JAGJIT SINGH as our father played Dilruba and harmonium. Jagjit was sent to Pandit Shagun Lal but later Ustad Jamal Khan was engaged for Rs 25 per month to teach him, our sister and me. Jagjit used to do riyaaz on taanpura from 4 am to 8 am before the classes of Ustad Jamal Khan, who taught classical, thumri and Measured approach — Simant Singh, organiser “It is hard to believe that an established artiste like Jagjit Singh could be so considerate towards promoters like the was he was,” he says. Sana bids adieu to showbiz Last year, Dangal actress Zaira Wasim bid adieu to her acting career, breaking the hearts of many who admired her wonderful talent. And now, Sana Khan has decided to quit showbiz. Though she has not explicitly given any reasons, she wants to pur- sue humanitarian activities. Sara, who is known for movies like Wajah Tum Ho and Jai Ho, rose to fame with Bigg Boss. The actress left her fans in shock when she posted a note on Twitter, confirming her exit from the industry. SANA KHAN c m y b later ghazals to us. The rest, as they say, is history.” — SD Sharma
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